- Vocational Training
- Employment Opportunities
- Living Skills
- Community Resources
The Bridges Foundation showcases the strengths, capabilities and talents of each individual served. By assisting each person in the attainment of their individual goals, self-sufficiency increases, positively impacting the entire community landscape. Clients receive services based upon their own abilities through any of three employment programs: The Outsource Center, Community Work Groups or Individual Placement. Clients can also receive individual assistance from our Living Skills Program which provides ongoing education in reading, math, social and living skills.
The agency continues its legacy of creating “bridges” not only to employment opportunities but also “bridges” to community services, economic resources and avenues for personal growth.
1964 – The Bridges Foundation begins when a group of parents open the “Handicapped Opportunity Workshop”. The focus of the workshop was to provide ongoing educational and vocational training for clients.
1988 – H.O.W. (Bridges) changed their name to TransVoc, Inc and began providing employment opportunities for clients through the supported community employment program which offers community inclusion and on-the-job vocational training to assist clients as they transition to full time employment.
2004 – TransVoc, Inc. changed their name to The Bridges Foundation to fully reflect the agency's commitment to its mission and vision to connect people with unique capabilities to employment opportunities.
2005 – The Bridges Foundation is named "Service Provider of the Year" by the Developmental Disabilities Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
2007 – The Bridges Foundation began the Living Skills Program focusing on basic academic skills, social skills and work related skills.
2010 – The Bridges Foundation began the Work Adjustment Program providing high school students and young adults with necessary skills and experience needed to obtain and retain gainful employment after graduation.
2012 - In an effort to increase efficiencies and broaden services, The Bridges Foundation and RARC merged on January 1, 2012. The Bridges Foundation operates a North and South Campus. This overlapping mission of these organizations is focused on meeting the needs of developmentally disabled adults and those in need of vocation rehabilitation in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. This merger is a major step in consistently meeting those needs throughout the region.